johnhall wrote:Given the rather personal comments you've made about me to people and on websites, I'm not inclined to offer the benefit of my experience on the sticky paint issue.
To be honest: originally I was looking for these comments.
What I found was more interesting, written already on the 30th of October - this thread was started later! - at another site, by the user gggoattt:
I was able to test polish some of the stickiness off with Zymol but the softness remains, and even with mild polishing the finish exhibits splotchiness of clarity...some areas are more shiny than others due to mild clouding. However, the problem is the softness and gummy aspect...and I don't want to polish it with something that might prevent it from being repaired by someone more knowledgable than me regarding Rick's conversion varnish.
BTW...I tried to polish an area with 3m Finesse-It wax...huge mistake. It's as if the polish immediately dulled the finish and wouldn't rub out. Repolishing with Zymol removed it...but still left the area soft and gummy. Not good.
I could not find this essential information in this thread...
- But I was asking (very early) if the rubber thing is under the scratch plate, too. No answer until yet.
I was asking this for the reason to isolate the "diagnosis" to two possibilities: if it is under the plate, the problem is the varnish itself or an outgassing process. Quite easy.
Reading the other more than similar threads I start to feel somebody has stolen my time!
There is a saying in german language, quite easy to transfer: "You can not dance on two weddings at the same time."
Maybe it is better to concentrate on ONE thread.
You have got 70 instruments, 25 of them are Rickenbackers? I am sure You own as many as one car, too.
So my final - and constructive - advice is: Take that bass, drive to a car painter and show the bass to him. The fastest way to get an answer. And please, do not waste so much time of others in future.